Securing routes was top agenda at meeting by top officials
Susceptibility of the highways to militant attacks and possible solutions to avoid a strike were discussed at great length in the meeting. However, all precautions failed to stop the attack.india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 00:17 IST
Better coordination and control over Kashmiri highways, killing militant leaders and influencing religious preachers were classified as top priorities for the forces in a key meet held before the Amarnath Yatra.
According to an intelligence document obtained by HT, a joint security review meeting was held at the Army’s 15 Core Headquarters in Srinagar a month ago and was attended by senior officials of the Indian armed forces, J&K police and intelligence agencies.
The meeting was co-chaired by General Officer Commanding (GoC) of 15 Corps Lt General JS Sandhu and Director General of Police Dr S P Vaid.
Susceptibility of the highways to militant attacks and possible solutions to avoid a strike were discussed at great length in the meeting. However, all precautions failed to stop the attack.
Minutes of the meeting reveal that GOC 15 Corps had asked all those present to focus on five areas of concern. An increase in number of attacks on National Highway-44 was raised as a major concern and it was discussed that while protection duties were being carried out jointly by the Army and CRPF there was a “need to have accountability for an area of responsibility”.
The second issue discussed was security of convoys plying on national highways. The Kashmir police has maintained so far that the attack was targeted at the police party moving through the area at the same time.
In the meet it was discussed that there was a need “to coordinate among various security agencies for establishment of new joint control rooms at Manigam,Parimpura,Sempura,Sumbal and Aishmuqam”. Most areas of south Kashmir mentioned in the meeting witnessed multiple militant attacks in the past year.
Among other key discussions in the meet were militant leaders.
“The focus of counter-terrorist operations should be on neutralising the terrorist/group leaders. Specific Intelligence based joint operations should be executed by security forces, credit for all operations will always be shared collectively,” the intelligence document reads.
The document further reads, “Efforts to de-radicalise society should be undertaken more vigorously. Endeavour is being made by influencing Moulvies (preachers), who can be utilised to propagate views and ideas against radicalisation.” The document also cites attempts made by militants to induct females, although this was uncorroborated.